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Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, Pope says

Sub-Saharan migrants

THE Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders”, welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the Pope said the Church’s concern for the whole person motivated its material aid to immigrants and ... Read More »

Pope calls for ‘globalisation of charity’ to protect migrants

Sub-Saharan refugees

POPE Francis called for the “globalisation of charity” through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees. The Pope’s words appeared in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which in 2015 will be observed on January 18. The Vatican released the Pope’s message, “Church Without Frontiers, Mother to ... Read More »

Unveiling the horror of child detention

detention

By Emilie Ng UNCERTAINTY about the morality of child detention could be shaken by a provocative art installation organised by international aid agency Catholic Mission. Catholic Mission’s Brisbane office displayed the organisation’s Free the Children art installation outside St Stephen’s Cathedral on September 15. Free the Children is one of two public support campaigns supported by Catholic Mission Brisbane this ... Read More »

For some Iraqi Christians, returning to homeland is not an option

Displaced Iraqi Christians

UPROOTED from his home in Iraq by the advance of Islamic State fighters, Nouree sees no future for Christians in his country. “It’s like a nightmare,” the Chaldean Catholic father of six told Catholic News from a modest apartment in Beirut where he and his family have temporarily resettled after fleeing Iraq. “They just came and took our villages,” Nouree ... Read More »

Youth speak up for Mission aid

Students act

SENIOR students from two of Brisbane archdiocese’s schools are sharing their immersion experiences in a trial, which looks set to spread further afield. The students from St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, and Assisi College, Coomera, are being trained to give talks to local parishes through a new initiative of Catholic Mission’s Brisbane office. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Mission director David McGovern said ... Read More »

Welcome to new friends

Welcoming refugees

ASYLUM seekers were honoured at the second Welcome benefit gig in West End for the Capuchin Friars’ outreach ministry on August 31. Young adults across Brisbane again poured generous donations to aid St Francis Place, a weekly ministry providing English classes, lunch and other activities for people seeking asylum in Brisbane. Attendants said the evening provided great opportunities to personally ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians beginning to die in hot, crowded camps, witnesses say

Iraqi Christian woman

IRAQI Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses claimed. Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul before she fled the city in June, said new-born babies, the sick and the elderly in the Ankawa refugee camp on the outskirts of Irbil were dying from diseases, ... Read More »

Catholic Iraqi refugees in Lebanon recall horror of militant attacks

iraqi refugee

By Doreen Abi Raad THE memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears. “These people know no limits of humanity, decency or respect for human life,” he said of the Islamic State fighters. Meeting with Catholic News Service on August 8 at the Caritas Lebanon Migrant ... Read More »

Pope asks prayers, dignified welcome for refugees

Myanmar refugee camp

ADDRESSING Mary as “mother of refugees”, Pope Francis offered prayers for the millions of people in the world forced to flee their homelands, and he asked Catholics to reach out to them with assistance and a real welcome. “Remember, Jesus was a refugee; he and Mary and Joseph had to go to Egypt to save his life,” the Pope said ... Read More »

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